Michael Bay Responds to TMNT Fan Outrage Over Title Change
Yesterday we revealed the latest detail on Michael Bay's in-development Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. And just as many of you hated making them aliens instead of mutants, most of you absolutely loathed the idea of truncating the title to Ninja Turtles. Your enraged responses ranged from accusing Bay of raping your childhood, to demanding he leave the Turtles alone, to threatening to punch him in his "!@#$%^& soul!"
The good news is, he heard you. The bad news? He's still making Ninja Turtles. But he posted a new statement to assuage fan fears on his forum board (via Movies.com):
"Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie. This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE'S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN."
To his credit, Bay does seem dedicated to and passionate about this movie, and he is heavily courting fans by engaging in this web battle. Here he insists that the title revision is effectively a cosmetic change. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo may no longer be mutants, but they will be teenagers, and assures that they'll be true to the characters we've long clung to. Of course, I (like many of you I'm sure) would like more details on Bay's approach, but reasonably I don't know what else we could expect at this point. He's asking that we "give them a chance" to work out the story and script, and that seems fair. Though if they want to share some concept art, I'd devour that in an instant.
At this point it seems you have to weigh your faith in Bay and his Ninja Turtles approach by how you judge Transformers. Did his movie adaptations capture what you loved about the show as a kid, yet give you something as an adult to be pumped for? Do you believe he can do something comparable for the Turtles as a producer? Sound off. Apparently, he's listening.
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